Fire trade defender Curtin to Chivas USA

January 22, 2008

CARSON, Calif. -- Chivas USA acquired defender Jim Curtin from the Chicago Fire on Tuesday for a conditional pick in the 2010 MLS superdraft.

"We have been looking for a veteran central defender to solidify our backline ever since Jason Hernandez was picked by San Jose in the expansion draft," Chivas USA coach Preki said in a statement. "In Jim, we are fortunate to acquire an experienced back who is good with his feet and good in the air."

The 28-year-old Curtis joins Chivas USA after spending his entire seven-year MLS career in Chicago. He has played 151 MLS games including 70 straight from October 2003 to May 2005, and was a starter in the 2003 MLS All-Star Game.

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